• HS2 rail project work begins with pledge of 22,000 jobs, England

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  by David Benton
 
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-54010727

"Construction work on HS2 officially begins on Friday, with companies behind the controversial high-speed rail project expecting to create 22,000 jobs in the next few years.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said HS2 would "fire up economic growth and help to rebalance opportunity"."
  by lpetrich
 
Titled link: HS2 rail project work begins with pledge of 22,000 jobs - BBC News

Phase I will go London - Euston - Crewe (a little south of Manchester and Liverpool), and it should be done 2028-31.

Phase II will go from Crew to Manchester and Wigan, and from Birmingham to East Midlands and Leeds, and it should be done 2035-40.

Construction begins on Britain’s HS2 project | International Railway Journal
  by Gilbert B Norman
 
The New York Times reports on resistance to this project:

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The construction of the British government’s largest public works project — a high-speed rail line known as HS2 — has long been promoted as helping to save the environment. But it is under growing challenge from those who accuse it of doing the exact opposite.

They have waged a mostly fruitless fight against the project, a grand scheme to cut air and road travel by connecting the north of England to the more prosperous south with trains traveling at up to 225 miles per hour.

Now, with the pandemic prompting a surge in working from home and a slump in train travel, the opponents believe the argument is finally tilting their way, eroding the already shaky rationale for an effort that could cost more than $140 billion.